The Senior Program

Each psychology major completes a research project that culminates in a written thesis and an oral presentation. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the student uses the senior project to synthesize and focus previous coursework. Each project is an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.

Recent projects in psychology include:

  • In Sickness and in Health: Changes in Friendships in the Face of Disease Threats
  • Investigating the Relation Between Self-Esteem and Social Anxiety Disorder: The Role of Emotion Regulation
  • Exploring the Effects of Sexual Orientation on Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: Influence of Sexism on Perceptions of Lesbian Leaders
  • Body and Mind: The Potential Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Benefits of Exercise
  • How the Model Minority Myth Hurts Us All: Anti-Black Attitudes and Outgroup Denigration
  • Violence and Vulnerability: Examining the Relationships Between Socioeconomic Status, Attachment Style, and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Groovin’ to the Beat: How Does Music Influence Human Cognition?
  • Recidivism and Rehabilitation: How Rehabilitative Attitudes Affect Willingness to Admit Certain Crimes into Mental Health Courts
  • Life-history Strategy, Political Ideology and Religiosity: The Mediating Role of Moral Intuition
  • Exploring the Relationships Among Parental Emotion Socialization, Emotion Expressivity, Social Anxiety, and Race
  • Cross-Cultural Helping Hands: The Role of Neural Threat and Reward Systems in Facilitating Cooperation
  • Adaptive Sports: Grit, Growth Mindset, and Emotion Regulation Development in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Effects of Social Exclusion on Just-World Beliefs and Victim Blame, Moderated by Moral Identity
  • Imitation Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • The Need for Identity Renegotiation After Athletic Retirement
  • How Crossing the Thought-to-Action Threshold Interacts with the Relationship Between Self-Directed Violence and Other-Directed Violence
  • Examining the Role of Gender Expression in Mate Retention Tactics
  • Investigating the Benefits of Imaginary Play on Regulation and Aggression in Children
  • Self-Distancing and ADHD: Does a “Fly on the Wall” Perspective Help Regulate Negative Emotions?
  • The Avatar Becomes Me: Does Role-playing as an Intelligent Character Improve Problem-solving?
  • How Do Asians Perceive Asian-White Biracials?
  • Examining Empathy in Montessori and Traditional School Environments
  • Mitigating the Effects of Stereotype Threat with a Belonging Intervention
  • Breaking Down The Sources of Bias: How Does Occupation Interact with Race and Gender to Shape Warmth and Competence Perceptions?
  • Reflecting on Hardship: Efficacy of Self-Distancing in Reducing Negative Childhood Memory-Related Distress
  • Positive Parenting: The Relation between Emotion Regulation and Adaptive Use of Discipline
  • Conflict Resolution: The Effects of Self-Compassion on Self- and Other-Forgiveness in a Transgression in Which No One is Innocent
  • A Model Like Me: The Effects of Race-Matched Role Models on Student Achievement
  • To Forgive or Not to Forgive: The Role of Psychological Reactance on Forgiveness in Friendships
  • New Interpretations of the Placebo Effect: The Influence of Expectation on Healthcare in College
  • Effects of Nature on Evaluative Processes: The Role of the Parasympathetic Nervous System
  • Who’s to Blame? The Issue of Antipsychotic Medication Noncompliance in Mentally Ill Defendants


Department Name

Psychology Department

Contact Name

Tara McKee, Chair

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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